|Your weekly Group leader to-dos:
- Republicans caved to the #ReleaseTheMemo fake scandal. This is a PR stunt to undermine the Mueller investigation. Read our resource about the memo and use our scripts to call your members of Congress (MoCs).
- The Mueller investigation is heating up quickly. We’ve updated our resource on the investigation, why it matters, and what you demand of your MoCs right now (read it here). Then, visit www.trumpisnotabovethelaw.org, our emergency planning partnership with Moveon.org and other organizations, to read up on the latest scenarios and begin planning if Trump takes significant actions to undermine the Trump-Russia investigation.
- Our Immigrant Ally toolkit has been updated. The fight over DACA in Congress continues, but you can still act locally right now to be a strong ally for immigrant youth. Read the latest toolkit on our website now to find out what you can do.
- New! Fundraising tools for groups. We’ve officially launched a program to allow Indivisible groups to fundraise for costs associated with your organizing. If you’re ready to get started, fill out the form on Indivisible HQ here. Have more questions? Our organizing team will host a webinar Thursday, February 8, at 8pm ET/5pm PT to answer all your questions. RSVP for the webinar now!
- Another week goes by, another week Trump threatens our national security. Be sure to read our weekly #TrumpThreatLevel on the IndivisiBlog now.
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Dear Group Leaders,
As January came to a close and February ramped up, the GOP and Trump Administration met in a remote locale in West Virginia to discuss their legislative agenda for 2018.
The GOP held a similar summit just days after his Inauguration last year in Philadelphia. Trump’s main goals were to pass “landmark legislation” — specifically on healthcare and tax cuts for his family and billionaire friends. And thanks to your hard work, the Affordable Care Act is still in place, and it took nearly a full year for Trump to pass his first major piece of legislation.
No matter what they come up with this weekend, this movement has ground the Trump agenda to a halt… and we can keep on doing it all the way to November. Even though they haven’t announced their agenda, here’s what we do know (read our full blog post on what to expect in February):
- Dreamers are being deported and Trump and the GOP aren’t doing anything to clean up the mess Trump made when he ended DACA in September. We need Congress to fix Trump’s mess, but we can’t let Trump use Dreamers as hostages for his extreme immigration plans, which is why we won’t accept anything less than a “clean” Dream Act.
- Trump declassified a now-public document written by Rep. Devin Nunes with misleading talking points designed to undermine the Mueller investigation and paint a target on Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein’s back.
- Trump is expected to announce his infrastructure plan very soon (i.e. a thinly-veiled attempt to sell off public goods to corporations and private equity firms).
- Congress goes on recess on February 19, and we must hold those MoCs who’ve taken bad votes accountable.
We’re all looking forward to that big blue wave in November, but there’s still so much work to do to continue fighting the Trump agenda… while building the political infrastructure needed to take back the House (and maybe the Senate!). For now, here’s everything you need to know to fight the GOP’s agenda in February:
1) Read our latest resources and take action:
2) Start planning events to fight Trump’s infrastructure plan on February 12 and 13: Trump’s infrastructure framework was leaked last week (read our explainer on it here). His plan is expected to lean heavily on private investors to finance rebuilding our nation’s infrastructure. It won’t help smaller rural communities and communities of color with the repairs they need to their roads, bridges, transit systems, schools, affordable housing, water systems, and electric grids. Read our organizing toolkit to start planning your event, then be sure to register your event on our map so we can send to our supporters in your area!
Announcing: fundraising tool for groups
We heard from Indivisible groups across the country that you wanted help fundraising to pay for materials, meeting rooms, ads, etc.. and this week we launched a streamlined process for you to fundraise for costs associated with your Indivisible group!
As part of this process, we’ll provide an ActBlue Community Page account, a debit card with which to spend your money, clear guidance on what you can or can’t spend the money on, staff support with trainings and materials to help you maximize your fundraising, backend access to your group’s donors, and a reporting and accounting system for some of your local group’s spending.
If you’re ready to get started, you can fill out the form on Indivisible HQ here (if you haven’t registered, you can create a login — just use the password WeStand1nd1v1s1ble to access the page!).
And if you have questions, join us next Thursday, February 8, at 8pm ET/5pm PT for a webinar with our organizing team to learn more about the program. RSVP for the webinar here.
This week’s #TrumpThreatLevel
- Trump continues to pave the way for war with North Korea, with real consequences. Trump spent an absurd amount of time in his State of the Union address using scare tactics to talk about North Korea, similar to how George W. Bush primed us for a war with Iraq in his own SOTU 15 years earlier.
- Trump still has not implemented sanctions on Russia. Congress voted 419-3 in the House and 98-2 in the Senate last year to punish Russia for interfering in the 2016 election, but the administration still has not taken steps to implement the mandatory sanctions laid out in the law. This shows he doesn’t take seriously the threat posed by Russia and doesn’t care to confront it.
- We are losing our best national security professionals. The State Department’s top career diplomat, Tom Shannon, retired. This leaves the State Department with only one career ambassador of the five who were there at the beginning of the Trump Administration. Trump also dropped a highly-qualified professional, Victor Cha, from consideration as ambassador to South Korea, because Cha opposes a military strike in North Korea. That post remains vacant.
Be sure to read the latest #TrumpThreatLevel on the IndivisiBlog here.
The Indivisible Team